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Late breaking nerds ... er ... news from the 2013 edition of the American International Toy Fair
Greetings from the 110th edition of the American International Toy Fair . A trade show that Nancy and I love to attend because -- to be blunt -- it usually gives you lots of opportunities to learn about movies & TV shows that are still months ... Photo by Nancy Stadler ... if not years away from...
12 Feb 2013
Why For was Michael Clarke Duncan's Grizz character cut out of Disney's "Brother Bear" ?
Danielle F. wrote in yesterday to say: I really enjoyed today's story about Luigi's Flying Tires and like the idea of you turning Why For into a daily feature at your site. I just hope you get sent enough questions to actually make this happen. And speaking of questions: I was sorry to hear that...
4 Sep 2012
How Glen Keane & Mark Henn turned some of Disney's most popular Princesses into toddlers
Trish D. of Tallahassee, FL. wrote in to say: I enjoyed reading today's story about "Tangled Ever After" and how Disney used all of its divisions to make the most of that animated short . But what really intrigued about today's article was the final photo, which showed a shelf full...
11 Apr 2012
Shorts like Pixar's "Small Fry" help extend the shelf life of Disney's biggest franchises
Here's an interesting question for all of your Pixar trivia buffs out there: Which "Cars" film do you think was seen by more people? The original from 2006 or this summer's sequel (which was released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 1st). And the answer is ... neither. Truth be told,...
13 Nov 2011
Why For: Even more storytelling secrets from Disney's "Tangled"
Ever since JHM's "Where to Find the Easter Eggs in Disney's "Tangled' " article went up on Monday, a lot of readers have reached out. Eager to share their ideas about where other hidden Disney references can be found in this acclaimed animated feature. Some folks are insisting...
25 Mar 2011
Oscar-nominee Glenn Slater looks back on writing lyrics for Disney's "Tangled"
All those days watching from the window All those years outside looking in You're going to have to forgive Glenn Slater if this couplet that he wrote from " Tangled " 's " I See The Light " kind of strikes close to home these days. Given that this talented lyricist has worked...
23 Feb 2011
Check out Disney's pre- "Tangled" versions of Rapunzel
Sometime today, Disney's "Tangled" will blow through the $100-million-in-domestic-ticket-sales threshold . Which is the fastest that a Walt Disney Animation Studios release has reached this particular milestone since " The Lion King " back in 1994. So -- in honor of this auspicious...
9 Dec 2010
Three Keanes help make Disney's "Tangled" a pretty keen animated comedy
There's this great little moment in " Waking Sleeping Beauty " (which - FYI - was just released on DVD yesterday) from 1980. Where a very young John Lasseter - armed with an 8mm sound camera - is filming an equally young Randy Cartwright as he wanders the halls of the Animation Building...
30 Nov 2010
Terrific "Tangled" is the hair ... er ... heir apparent to Disney's fairy tale crown
I have been writing professionally about The Walt Disney Company for over 25 years now. Which is why I can tell you what it felt like to be in a theater on November 17, 1989. Which was the night that " The Little Mermaid " was first released to theaters. As the credits rolled, I remember turning...
30 Sep 2010
Monday Mouse Watch: Will “Rapunzel” ‘s new title translate into higher grosses for Disney’s next animated fairy tale?
I got a note this past weekend from HatMadder Am I the only who’s confused by what’s going on in Burbank these past few week? First Disney changes “Rapunzel” ‘s title to “Tangled” and then cancels “The Snow Queen” outright because studio execs reportedly believe that modern moviegoers are no longer interested...
22 Feb 2010
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